Digital Augustan Rome

By: David Gilman Romano

Digital Augustan Rome is a long term mapping project that is prepared to provide a worthy digital successor to the published book and maps of Mapping Augustan Rome that appeared as Supplement 50 in the Journal of Roman Archaeology Series, 2002. The volume was directed by Lothar Haselberger in collaboration with David Gilman Romano and edited by Elisha Dumser. The entries were written by over 12 authors.

Digital Augustan Rome has also been a group effort and I have been ably assisted in this endeavor by Dr. Nicholas L. Stapp and Mark Davison who were also my collaborators on the original map from the 2002 publication. Our intentions were first signaled at the Third Williams Symposium on Classical Architecture held in Rome in May of 2004 where we presented a brief summary of our thoughts and plans on a successor to the Mapping Augustan Rome volume.1 Since the earliest days of the Mapping Augustan Rome project, it has been our intent to produce a digital version of the results and we have been working towards this goal virtually from the outset. The work of this digital project is the direct result of work carried out in the Archaeological Mapping Lab of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The work of the lab (formerly the Corinth Computer Project lab) since 1984 has been devoted to using the most modern methods of digital cartography, remote sensing and GIS in the field of ancient cities, landscapes and sanctuaries in order to study and better understand their composition, organization and planning.

The Digital Augustan Rome project relies totally on the work that has been accomplished for the paper volume and maps and is based on the entries of each of the authors that are listed separately here under Mapping Augustan Rome. Whereas Mapping Augustan Rome has appeared in its 2002 published form and a reprinted edition with corrections in 2009, Digital Augustan Rome is envisaged as a living resource for the study of Augustan Rome, one that will be able to be updated and modified as modern research brings new information about the Augustan city to light. In this way it will serve as a ongoing project with the goal to incorporate new information into the digital map.

The maps of the Mapping Augustan Rome project are two: 1:6,000 scale, a map of the entire city with an area of approximately 20 square kilometers and a 1:3,000 scale that is a map focused on the center of the Augustan city, specifically the forum area and neighboring regions. Digital Augustan Rome is based on the 1:6000 map of the publication that has been scanned and digitally linked with the names of all of the entries.

Digital Augustan Rome has been envisaged as a digital publication in three stages that include the phases of work that need to be accomplished. In addition a fourth stage is anticipated as the ongoing work of the project.

Purchase Hard Copies of Augustan Rome Maps
The Archaeological Mapping Lab has received many requests from around the world for hard copies of the maps produced for the publication Mapping Augustan Rome. Large format paper color copies of the 1:3000 and 1:6000 maps are available for sale. The 1:3000 map is 36 x 26 in. and the 1:6000 map is 44 x 35 in. The 1:6000 map can be purchased for $75.00 and the 1:3000 map for $45.00, or both of the maps together for $100.00 (postage is not included in the price). Please contact the Director of the AML, Dr. David Gilman Romano, if you would like to purchase hard copies of the maps.

Download Digital Augustan Rome Contour Data - FREE
The file associated with the topography of Augustan Rome was created with AutoCAD 2009 which can be viewed or imported into many software programs DOWNLOAD TOPOGRAPHIC DATA. Please reference Digital Augustan Rome if you intend to reproduce the work of Mapping Augustan Rome, Digital Augustan Rome or of the Archaeological Mapping Lab.

Stage 1 consists of the creation of a website that features a high-resolution color image of the map that is linked to the Directory, a listing of 353 buildings, structures and monuments of Augustan Rome. By searching the Directory one can find and see the location on the map of the building or monument. The website will zoom to the area of the entry. The website also includes a high quality satellite image of Rome that clearly indicates where in the modern city the ancient building, monument or structure will be found (Completed Spring 2009).

Stage 2 will consist of the inclusion of each of the entries for each and every building, monument and structure that is included in the book, Mapping Augustan Rome. When the name of the entry is highlighted in the Directory, the location will be visible on the map and the text entry will appear on the screen. Also to be included in this phase of the project is a digital terrain model of the Augustan city based on our study of the physical characteristics of the city in the first century BC-AC. This is the Augustan topographical map of Rome that is described in the chapter Making the Map from the 2002 publication and it has been prepared exclusively for this publication (Completed Spring 2011).

Stage 3 will consist of the compilation of additional material for the entries of Digital Augustan Rome. We intend to add the texts of ancient literary references, as well as historical photographs, plans, early travelers descriptions and other available maps. Modern photographs will be taken to further document the location and appearance of the entries in the contemporary city. In addition we would anticipate being able to employ several GIS applications in the digital map.

Stage 4 will consist of the update of information about the entries as well as the inclusion of new material that comes to light as a result of archaeological excavation or from the discovery of new literary or historical sources.

It is our hope that the Digital Augustan Rome web site will become a resource for students of all ages as well as for scholars and specialists who study Augustan Rome. We would welcome feedback from those who use Digital Augustan Rome.

October 23, 2013

  1. David Gilman Romano, Nicholas L Stapp and Mark Davison, "Mapping Augustan Rome: towards the digital successor," in Imaging Ancient Rome: Documentation - Visualization - Imagination, L. Haselberger and J. Humphrey, eds., Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplement 61, 2006, pp. 271-282.